20 Respect Life Grants Awarded
Thanks to the generosity of parishioners across the Diocese of Ogdensburg, twenty grants were awarded from the Respect Life second collection. On April 26, Bishop LaValley approved the grant amounts as suggested by the grant committee. The committee members are Rev. Thomas Higman, Stephen Tartaglia, Angelo & Suzanne Pietropaoli, John & Colleen Miner.
This year’s collection total was $74,554, a $4000 increase from last year’s collection. Those receiving grants include: 5 Gabriel Project parish-based, Crisis Pregnancy Apostolates (Brasher Falls, Gouverneur, Massena, Plattsburgh and Potsdam), 5 Buses to the DC March for Life (3 Youth Buses for Life, Lewis County Bus for Life and Plattsburgh Bus for Life), 3 Pro-Life Fair Booths (Clinton County, Lewis County and St. Lawrence County), Malone Catholic Charities Teen Pregnancy Counseling Program, Plattsburgh Pregnancy Center, Liferight of Watertown, Birthright of Plattsburgh, 40 Days for Life, Light of Truth Catholic Radio in Lake Placid, Champlain Valley Right to Life pro-life billboard project and Natural Family Planning Office Awareness week materials.
Thank you to all who donated so generously to the collection and to all who work everyday to build a Culture of Life in our diocese. For more information on the grant process, please visit the Respect Life website: www.rcdony.org/pro-life.
The Respect Life Grant Fund
The Respect Life Grant Fund is made possible by the Diocese of Ogdensburg Respect Life Second Collection held the fourth Sunday in January commemorating the anniversary date of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion in our nation. The purpose of the fund is to support & encourage efforts that affirm & promote the respect of human life from fertilization to natural death.
APPLICANTS A grant applicant can be a group or organization, established or newly formed (a pastoral council, social ministry committee, school, class, youth group, parish respect life committee, community agency, organization, etc.). A grant applicant is required not to challenge nor oppose any official Church teaching on any aspect of morality concerning the dignity of the human person. The applicant must use the funds in accord with Church teaching regarding the sanctity of life.
PROJECTS A project for which an applicant is seeking funds must demonstrate that the project serves to promote awareness of the sacredness and dignity of the human person. A project must originate or occur within the Diocese of Ogdensburg. A project which is to be funded must be in accord with the purposes for which federal tax exemption 501(c) (3) status is allowed. Thus only educational efforts will be funded. No grant funds are to be used directly or indirectly for any electoral purpose. No funds are to be used for any lobbying or legislative training. A project for which an applicant is seeking funds can be a new venture or a fully operational and existing effort although the project must not duplicate an effort already underway. When possible, work collaboratively in the same geographic locations.
GRANTS Grants awarded vary from year to year and are determined by the amount collected. The amount awarded may differ from the amount requested. Having received a Respect Life Grant in one year does not guarantee future funding.
APPLICATIONS Applications are posted at the Respect Life website and the pastoral documentation page. They must be received by the Respect Life Office by the end of February.
GRANT REPORTS Those who receive a grant are required to submit, to the Respect Life Office, a completed Grant Report Form by the end of January.
RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION GRANT COMMITTEE: Thank you to those who serve on the committee, preparing the documents for Bishop LaValley’s review: Fr. Thomas Higman, Stephen Tartaglia, Angelo and Suzanne Pietropaoli and John and Colleen Miner.